safety

Symposium for supporting safe and active recreation for Okanagan families with children living with autism

Co-leads:

  • Lise Olsen 
    University of British Columbia - Okanagan
  • Rachelle Hole
    Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship / University of British Columbia
  • Vicki Cairns
    Autism Okanagan Kelowna

Team member:

  • Alison McManus
    University of British Columbia - Okanagan 

Trainee:

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Year: 
2017

Implementing and evaluating ActionADE to transform medication safety

Medications have transformed the lives of Canadians suffering from many debilitating conditions. However, medications may also cause harm. As medication use has increased, so has the incidence of adverse drug events (ADEs), harmful and unintended events related to medication use. Today, ADEs cause over 2 million emergency department visits across Canada each year, and are a leading cause of admissions. 

Preventing ADEs is not easy. Health care providers often unknowingly expose patients to the same or similar medications as ones that previously caused harm. For example: 

Primary Investigator: 
Year: 
2018

Improving the safety of health information technology: From international knowledge to local application

Health information technology (HIT) safety is an important issue internationally. Clinician organizations (e.g. American Medical Association, Institute of Medicine) and health informatics organizations (e.g. Digital Health Canada) have made statements about HIT safety concerns and their implications.

This research will encompass several interconnected studies to develop a comprehensive strategy to improve HIT safety in Canada and internationally, to be conducted in a series of phases. 

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Year: 
2018

Unraveling the genetics of severe reactions to chemotherapy: Moving towards maximum benefit with minimal harm

Drug treatments are essential for the survival of cancer patients. Unfortunately, medications needed for treatment can also cause permanent disabling side effects, severely impacting on the quality of life of patients already suffering the devastating consequences of cancer.

Although platinum-based drugs such as cisplatin are highly effective and are the most frequently used class of cancer medications, they are also accompanied by severe side effects. In fact, up to 80% of patients treated with cisplatin lose some ability to hear and/or experience kidney injury.

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Year: 
2017

Understanding the spatial and contextual inequities of health access and use by people living with or vulnerable to HIV in British Columbia

Access to health care services is critical to improving the health and well-being of people living with or vulnerable to HIV. Factors such as density of services or neighbourhood violence play a substantial role as barriers or facilitators to health care access in broader populations, but limited research is available to show that this is also true for people living with or vulnerable to HIV. This study will investigate, within BC:

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Year: 
2015

A community-based research program focused on “Adding Life to Later Years”

In 2011, an estimated 5 million Canadians were 65 years of age or older, a number that is expected to double in the next 25 years. The majority of older adults prefer to live in their family home for as long as possible. However, aging in place - the desire to remain living in the community, with some level of independence - is only possible with provision of adequate housing, transportation, recreational opportunities, health and home services and amenities that facilitate physical activity, social interaction and cultural engagement.

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Year: 
2014

Safety, belonging and mental health: Understanding the intersections between violence, place, and mental health in the lives of transgender and gender nonconforming people

Studies reveal that transgender and gender non-conforming people experience pervasive and multiple forms of violence in numerous public and private places, suggesting they may be more vulnerable to violence across their lifespan than the general population.

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Year: 
2013
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